Flexible Work + Healthcare: Travel Nurses Jeri Ford & Alex Herlocker
On this episode of The Handoff, Dan speaks to two seasoned travel nurses who are using the flexibility that traveling provides to amass a diverse set of clinical experiences and explore their personal passions. Jeri Ford and Alex Herlocker share advice for nurse and healthcare leaders about incorporating flexible workers into their units, why they value peer to peer feedback and the importance of a solid orientation. Jeri shares with Dan how travel nursing has allowed her to pursue her dream of entrepreneurship and Alex talks about his adventures traveling the country with his family as a full time nomad who lives completely off the grid.
Jeri Ford is an experienced pediatric nurse who started her career at Riley Children’s Hospital on the Transplant and Neurosurgery floor, and has spent the last several years traveling to hospitals around the country from Honolulu to Dallas and everywhere in between. She recently launched a company called Baby Whisperers, which pairs new parents with individuals with a medical background who can help with breastfeeding, sleeping routines and overall newborn care. You can find her on Instagram @jerilynn_89.
Alex Herlocker is an ICU nurse who started his career on the neuro intermediate care unit at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2015, he transitioned to a role as a travel nurse and has been criss-crossing the country in an airstream with his family, including wife, three children and two dogs. They document their travels on their blog Wee Little Nomads and on Instagram @WeeLittleNomads.
The transcript for this episode can be found here.